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Book Review: The Secret History

“In short, I felt my existence was tainted, in some subtle but essential way…”

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Joy – 7/10

“Don’t ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn’t. The world doesn’t owe you a thing…”

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Divergent – 7/10

“The future belongs to those who know where they belong…”

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Hacksaw Ridge – 9/10

‘Help me get one more…’

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I, Daniel Blake – 8/10

‘All it does is humiliate me, grind me down…’

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Manchester By The Sea – 9/10

‘I can’t beat it. I can’t beat it. I’m sorry…’

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Book Review: Wuthering Heights

Terror made me cruel…

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Reg – 7.5/10

‘I hope in my heart that one day the prime minister will be able to say sorry, that one day he (Tony Blair) will say sorry to the families of the bereaved,’ – Reg Keys

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Room – 8.5/10

Take a fucking bow Brie Larson…

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Hollywood is blessed right now with two spectacular actresses in Elizabeth Olsen and Jennifer Lawrence. Brie Larson impressed in The Spectacular Now, dazzled in Short Term 12 and with Room she has taken acting to a level that even Olsen and Lawrence are yet to reach. Before you accuse me of hyperbole, Larson has yet to prove she can carry a franchise or show the sheer range that Jennifer Lawrence has or the ability to star in a blockbuster like Olsen but in terms of a singular performance, Brie Larson in Room is right up there with any dramatic turn from anyone. She really is that fucking good.

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The Imitation Game – 8/10.

A very British film from a Norwegian director.

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Imitation Game tells the amazing and incredibly sad story of WWII code breaker Alan Turing.

A very talented all British cast including Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Charles Dance and Matthew Goode all throw themselves into Turing’s story with a level of reverence that the story absolutely deserves. Cumberbatch in particular follows up a series of impassioned interviews about Turing in the films promotional run with a brilliant performance. Anti social genius he may be but Cumberbatch’s Turing is definitely not Sherlock 2.0. Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Turing is at once vulnerable and arrogant, layered and emotional without even coming close to crass sentimentality.

Keira Knightley impresses yet again with a turn that cements her growing reputation as the best British actress since Kate Winslet. More like this and Never Let Me Go and less like Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Knightley will find herself turning her Oscar noms into wins soon enough. Speaking of which Cumberbatch must be a big contender in the best actor stakes this year. While the supporting cast are also very strong, particularly Knightley and Watchmen’s Matthew Goode, it is Cumberbatch who has taken responsibility of this project by owning the role of Alan Turing.

Cumberbatch et al have ensured The Imitation Game will be remembered as one of the best films of 2014.

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